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Patch at left contributed by Mike Smolinski, at right by Vaughn A. DeVorse, BMC USNR-R Retired

USS Cook (APD-130)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Echo - Delta
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Capetown (B)ravo - Section 6A of JANAP 119(F) 1968
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (4-Vietnam, 21 April 65, 23 April 65, 12 May 69, 1 July 1969) - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (29 to 31 July 1966)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (6 October 1953 to 15 November 1969) (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Quemoy-Matsu, Cuba, Vietnam)
Fourth Row - Vietnam Service Medal (7) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (7) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort / Crosley Class High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down, 7 May 1944, as Cook (DE-714), a Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort, at Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, MI.
  • Launched, 26 August 1944
  • Redesignated a Crosley Class High-speed Transport while under construction
  • Commissioned USS Cook (APD-130), 25 April 1945, LCDR. Drayton N. Hamilton, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Cook was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty-Three, COMO A. S. Witherspoon;
    TransDiv One Hundred Eight
  • Following World War II USS Cook was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 4 September to 18 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 31 May 1946, at San Diego. CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Recommissioned, 6 October 1953, CDR. Wendell C. Mackey, in command
  • During the Vietnam War USS Cook participated in the following campaigns:

    Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Vietnam Service Medal
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnam Advisory Campaign
    25 January to 11 February 1960
    6 to 28 January 1962
    4 to 12 September 1963
    27 December 1964 to 11 February 1965
    20 to 27 February 1965
    12 to 29 March 1965
    7 to 27 April 1965
    4 to 21 May 1965
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    8 to 30 June 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    15 to 17 July 1966
    12 to 17 August 1966
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    1 to 12 July 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    28 September to 16 October 1967
    29 October to 14 November 1967
    14 to 23 December 1967
    12 to 29 January 1968
    Tet 69/ Counteroffensive
    11 to 25 March 1969
    8 to 22 April 1969
    20 to 28 May 1969
    Tet Counteroffensive
    30 January to 6 February 1968
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    20 June to 6 July 1969
    1 to 6 August 1969

  • Decommissioned at Naval Operating Base San Diego, CA. and struck from the Naval Register the same day, 15 November 1969
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 24 July 1970, to National Metal & Steel Corp., Terminal Island, CA.
  • USS Cook earned the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal with seven campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Displacement 1,400 t.
    Length 306' ovl.
    Beam 37'
    Draft 12' 7" (limiting)
    Speed 23.6 kts. (trial)
    Range 6,000 nautical miles at 12 kts.
    12-15 Officers
    189-192 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    12 Officers
    150 Enlisted
    Boats 4 LCVP landing craft
    Troop Accoutrements
    six 1/4 ton trucks
    two 1 ton trucks
    four ammunition carts
    four pack howitzers
    Ammunition 6,000 cu. ft.
    General Cargo 3,500 cu. ft.
    Gasoline 1,000 cu. ft.
    one 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    three twin 40 mm gun mounts
    six single 20 mm gun mounts
    two depth charge tracks
    two Combustion Engineering "D" Express type boilers
    two GE Turbines, (turbo-electric drive)
    twin propellers 12,000shp

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    Cook 60k USS Cook (APD-130) under way, date and location unknown Hyper War US Navy in WWII
    Cook 57k USS Cook (APD-130) under way circa 1950, location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "American Destroyer Escorts of World War 2", by Peter Elliott.
    Robert Hurst
    Cook 74k USS Cook (APD-130) under way, date and location unknown Don Scott, YNCS(SS), USN, Ret
    Cook 63k With three of her four landing craft nested alongside including a LCPR with the identifying letters CK on her bow ramp, USS Cook (APD-130) lies anchored at Manila in 1957 during training exercise Operation Phiblink.
    US National Archives photo.
    Tommy Trampp
    Cook 47k USS Cook (APD-130) under way, circa 1957-58, location unknown. Photo by Donald J. Wagner, SM3, USN USS Gunston Hall
    Cook 83k USS Cook (APD-130) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, May 1962
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Cook 568k USS Cook (APD-130) off Ballast Point as she departs San Diego, date unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    David Buell in honor of his father CWO4 Benton E. Buell, USN (Ret) USS Oak Hill
    Cook 1019k USS Cook (APD-130) outbound to sea from San Diego, date unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Wolfgang Hechler
    Cook 88k USS Cook (APD-130) under way, date and location unknown.
    A Ted Stone photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Dixie 105k USS Cook (APD-130) alongside destroyer tender USS Dixie (AD-14), circa 1966, location unknown, courtesy Cruisebook Store. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.

    USS Cook (APD-130)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Hamilton, Drayton N., USNR25 April 1945 - 6 September 1945
    02LCDR. Hardy, Leonard Rackard, USNR6 September 1945 - 31 May 1946
     Decommissioned31 May 1946 - 6 October 1953
    03CDR. Mackey, Wendell Clay6 October 1953 - 23 July 1955
    04LCDR. Steinmeyer, Lloyd Raymond, USN 23 July 1955 - 3 August 1957
    05LCDR. Boyes, Gordon Robin, USN (USNA 1944)3 August 1957 - 10 May 1958
    06LCDR. Martin Jr., Posey Lester10 May 1958 - 21 June 1960
    07LCDR. Hulihan, John William21 June 1960 - 14 July 1961
    08LCDR. Jones Jr., Allen14 July 1961 - 28 July 1962
    09LCDR. Gurney, Sumner28 July 1962 - 11 March 1963
    10LCDR. Griffin, Jack Ross11 March 1963 - 14 April 1965
    11LCDR. Hayes, James Clero14 April 1965 - 23 February 1967
    12LCDR. DuCharme, George William23 February 1967 - 15 November 1969
    13LCDR. Tager, Bruce Alan15 November 1969 - 15 November 1969
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    USS Cook (APD-130) A history compiled by Vaughn A. DeVorse, BMC USNR Ret.
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